Foot­ball fans to hon­our tragic teenager

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - ANDREA LAMBROU

Friends of tragic East Kil­bride teenager Alex Lind­say are to hold a char­ity foot­ball tour­na­ment in his mem­ory, mark­ing what would have been his 19th birth­day.

The pop­u­lar St Leonards teen will be re­mem­bered dur­ing the seven-a-side event at K-Park this Sun­day – three days af­ter his birth­day – which aims to raise aware­ness of men­tal ill-health.

Alex, an ap­pren­tice me­chanic, for­mer pupil of Calder­glen High and avid Mother­well FC sup­porter, died in his St Leonards home on July 8 last year.

He was de­scribed by his heart­bro­ken fam­ily as the “most beau­ti­ful, hand­some boy”. A minute’s ap­plause was

held at Fir Park for the ded­i­cated mem­ber of fan group Mother­well Bois in the 18th minute of ’Well’s League Cup match with Ed­in­burgh City on July 17 and ban­ners were held aloft in his hon­our.

An on­line fund started by the fans raised over £7000 which was do­nated to a char­ity cho­sen by his par­ents Robbie and Jill.

The Alex Lind­say Cup is set to be an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of his life or­gan­ised by close friends Jack Smith, 19, from St Leonards and 21-year-old Ste­wart­field man Joe McDer­mott.

More than 120 play­ers have signed up to take part in the knockout tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing Alex’s dad Robbie, who will pull his boots on for five min­utes in the first match in hon­our of his beloved son. Robbie, 47, said: “We are once again over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of so many, not least, Alex’s friends for ar­rang­ing this tour­na­ment in his hon­our. We would like to express our sin­cere grat­i­tude to those who have do­nated prizes and to those who will lend their sup­port by at­tend­ing the event on the day.”

As well as mark­ing Alex’s birth­day and pass­ing, the lads are aim­ing to raise hun­dreds of pounds for Beau­ti­ful In­side and Out (BIO).

The char­ity was set up by Pauline Mo­ri­arty fol­low­ing the death of her daugh­ter Jenna, who took her own life, and serves to of­fer sup­port for those af­fected by sui­cide, es­pe­cially young­sters.

Said Joe: “We wanted to set this up in Alex’s name be­cause foot­ball was such a big part of his life. We miss him ev­ery day. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think of him.

“It seemed fit­ting to make this a yearly event where a good team of boys can have a kick­about in his name. He knew so many peo­ple and ev­ery player had their own per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with him – they all jumped at the chance to take part.”

Jack added: “This is in mem­ory of our good friend Alex who, like his favourite Stone Roses song, was adored.”

Each player will pay a do­na­tion of £10 and en­try is £5 at the gate with all pro­ceeds do­nated to BIO.

There will be a func­tion in Barocco bar in the Vil­lage after­wards for all play­ers tak­ing part. Kick-off is 3pm with the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion tak­ing place at 6pm.

Ever pop­u­lar Alex Lind­say

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